Langley Advance editor Bob Groeneveld has announced his retirement.
â€œAfter 38 years of liaising between Langleyâ€™s newsmakers and news readers, I decided it was time to explore some of my other interests,â€ Groeneveld said. â€œMy garden has been getting short shrift the past couple of years and my guitar and sax have been sitting far too idle for far too long.â€
Groeneveld stressed that his retirement is not connected to the recent sale of the Langley Advance to Black Press, â€œexcept that I thought this was a good nexus to explore an opportunity that had been sitting at the back of my mind for some time. What started out as an idle chat slowly evolved into a real possibility, and a very happy reality for Donna and myself.â€
Groeneveld is stepping down as editor of both the Advance and of the Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows TIMES â€“ a position he assumed in September of 2010. Assistant editor Roxanne Hooper is moving to the editorâ€™s chair for both papers.
Groeneveld started his community journalism career as a reporter with the Advance in February 1977, and became news editor and then editor in the 1980s.
â€œBobâ€™s contributions to the Langley Advance go further than most of us can imagine,â€ said Ryan McAdams, publisher of both the Advance and the MR&PM TIMES. â€œBobâ€™s retirement is a bittersweet day at the Advance, and I personally wish Bob and Donna all the best in this new chapter of their life.â€
McAdams was pleased to announce that Hooper accepted her promotion at both newspapers: â€œRoxanne brings a lot of experience and goodwill to the position,â€ he said, â€œand Iâ€™m confident that all of our readers will appreciate the commitment that she has to community service.â€
Groeneveld said he was pleased to be succeeded as editor by Hooper: â€œI have a great deal of respect for Roxanneâ€™s abilities as a journalist and editor, and she has a tremendous understanding of the concept of community.â€
Hooper grew up in Langley and went on to attend journalism school and establish herself as an award-winning journalist in the B.C. Interior and at the Maple Ridge& Pitt Meadows News, before returning to the Langley Advance in 2006.